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FRF has united retailers and served as The Voice of Florida Retailing for 75 years. There is no other state business association more experienced or qualified to represent Florida's retail industry because no other group has retailers as its priority.

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OSHA Hazard Communications

OSHA revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and published it in the Federal Register. This online course fulfills the OSHA requirements.

 

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Fall Meeting

Registration is open for the FRF 2014 Fall Meeting! Great speakers, informative meetings, many networking opportunities and much more!

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Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF) Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards program. We are pleased to continue this tradition and are currently seeking nominations for the annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award (LEOY). The deadline to nominate officers for consideration is Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

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Retailer of the Year Award

From providing jobs to philanthropic support, retailers are vital to the communities they serve. Begun in 1999, the annual Retailer of the Year Award pays tribute to an outstanding retailer who demonstrates sound business practices and commitment to his or her employees, customers and communities. Thank you for your nominations!

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2014 Legislative Wrap-Up


Sine die! The 2014 Legislative Session has come to a close. We've summarized the issues and outcomes important to retailers in the 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up.

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2014 State of Florida Retailing Report

This report is dedicated to the many leaders who have helped create and shape the Florida Retail Federation, and to those who are steering its future.

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Main Street Fairness

The Florida Alliance for Main Street Fairness believes in standing up for businesses, consumers and taxpayers by closing the Internet Sales Tax Loophole. We’re a coalition of business and civic leaders. Our job is to educate private citizens, small businesses and elected officials about the costs and consequences of a massive sales tax loophole that’s allowing out-of-state internet giants to prey on Florida’s Main Street merchants.
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Share a Little Sunshine

Florida’s tourism body, Visit Florida, has launched a new campaign to attract more visitors to Florida. Titled ‘Share a little sunshine’, the campaign encourages residents to share photographs, invitations and recommendations with friends and family in order for them to visit on holiday.

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Florida Jobs Info

Florida retailers added 55,000 jobs from December 2012 to December 2013, an annual growth rate of 5.5 percent, according to the January release of employment numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). In all, retail trade accounted for nearly a third of the 192,900 jobs created in Florida in 2013, and topped the statewide job growth rate of 2.6 percent.

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Online Education Courses

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Beauty Industry

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Small Business Quarterly

Delivers practical info to help you increase the bottom line.
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2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Nominations closed. Winner will be announced end of Sept.
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On Friday, NCCI made its annual filing with Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation, requesting an overall decrease in Workers’ Comp rates of 2.5%. Please click here to view a summary of the filing.

The Florida Retail Federation is committed to making Florida’s Workers’ Compensation system predictable and stable for Florida’s employers. Since the 2003 reforms, we have seen a cumulative decrease in premiums of over 50%. We want to insure this trend continues.

Read more: Florida Workers' Comp Update

imageTALLAHASSEE – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) today announced it is endorsing Ellyn Bogdanoff for election to the Florida Senate. FRF issues its endorsements based on candidate interviews and a review of their positions on issues of importance to Florida retailers and the state business climate.

Bogdanoff, a Republican, is running in District 34, which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. FRF based its endorsement on Bogdanoff’s strong track record as a legislator in keeping taxes low and promoting an economic climate favorable to retailers. Bogdanoff was elected to the Senate in 2010, and served in the House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010. She was the House Majority Whip from 2006 to 2008.

Read more: Florida Retail Federation endorses Bogdanoff for Florida Senate

image It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of a longtime member, friend, and exceptional Florida retailer, Mr. Nic Gavalas.

Mr. Gavalas, who passed away yesterday at the age of 91, founded Nic’s Toggery in downtown Tallahassee in 1950. Just across the street from Florida’s capitol, Mr. Gavalas’ men’s clothing store quickly grew to become a favorite among Florida legislators, lobbyists, and several governors of Florida. The nationally recognized Nic’s Toggery stores continue to thrive under the leadership of Mr. Gavalas’ sons.

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imageTALLAHASSEE – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) today announced it is endorsing Brad Drake for election to the Florida House of Representatives. FRF issues its endorsements based on candidate interviews and a review of their positions on issues of importance to Florida retailers and the state business climate.

Drake, a Republican, is running in House District 5 which includes parts of Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties. FRF based its endorsement on Drake’s proven record of leadership in the Florida Legislature.

Read more: Florida Retail Federation endorses Brad Drake for Florida House

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Represents all sectors of the cosmetology industry, including schools, salons, manufacturers and distributors.

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Represents Florida's grocery industry and keeps its members aware of legislative and regulatory issues and events affecting their industry.

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Represents and protects Florida's retail pharmacy industry.

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Members of the Retail Beverage Council include major national retailers along with many independent retailers of all sizes.

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The Florida Retail Federation Sustainability Council is comprised of Florida retailers that have identified environmental and sustainability issues as an important factor in the operation of their companies.

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Represents members whose target market is primarily out-of-state tourism and in-state vacationers.

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Works with the Retail Centers at both Florida State University and the University of Florida to ensure curricula properly prepares students for professional careers in the retail industry and reviews additional professional education and development programs.

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Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday
Sept 19 - 21

Fall Meeting
October 14 - 16
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Florida Retail Foundation

Committed to enhancing and supporting Florida’s retailing industry. read more

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Chairman's Circle

is comprised of suppliers, distributors, technology solutions providers, information resources. read more

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AmericasMart

FRF members have special access to Atlanta's AmericasMart.®
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